We’ve been looking for something suitably saucy to end our retrospective year of infatuation with Madonna, and here it is. Absolutely NOT suitable for your office (unless you work for Raging Stallion) this 1 hour installation film documents the making of the book SEX.
It’s directed by Steven Meisel, in collaboration with Fabian Baron, Stephen Callaghan and Darren Lew. With Madonna, Isabella Rossellini, Big Daddy Kane, Vanilla Ice, Naomi Campbell, Joey Stefano, Udo Kier, Tatiana von Fürstenberg, Ingrid Casares and others.
Images were captured with video as well as Super 8-mm film to recreate the gritty look of a vintage stag movie. Much of this footage was utilized for the video for the single “Erotica”, which Baron directed. Grainy black and white film of Madonna as a dominatrix with male slaves and as a pony-girl in a leather harness and bridle were filmed at New York’s S&M club The Vault. (Photos taken at The Vault also appear in the book.) An hour of this footage was then compiled for a film that Madonna had played during a party she gave for the release of Sex at New York City’s Industria Superstudio.
Madonna also had 100 copies of the film made to give to her closest friends. This film boasted a soundtrack of vintage French chansons from the 1930s through the 1960s by such singers as Charles Trenet, Gilbert Bécaud, Charles Aznavour, Johnny Hallyday, Édith Piaf, Françoise Hardy, Maurice Chevalier and Josephine Baker.
Generally known as The Making of Sex, copies of the film still occasionally turn up for sale. The original 60-minute edit with the French noir soundtrack once went for prices as high as US$1,250 — costing even more than the book itself.